INVASIVE SPECIES ON THE KENAI: PREVENTION & IDENTIFICATION TRAINING
Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (AKDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Invasive Species on the Kenai: Prevention & Identification training
During this free training you will learn to recognize top priority invasive species on the Kenai Peninsula and the science-based protocols you can follow to help prvent their spread.
Invasive species, including terrestrial, aquatic, and marine plants and animals, cost the United States billions of dollars each year in damage to habitat quality, water supply infrastructure, fisheries, and other sectors. Addressing such a critical problem requires clear, accurate information and communication among scientists, policymakers, water resource managers, and the general public. This training combines instructor lecture, hands-on activities, and discussion to provide up-to-date information on identification and reporting of the Kenai Peninsula’s invasive species. Learn what species to watch for and how to prevent their spread! This training is specifically intended for agencies and organizations with field crew personnel to learn the guidelines they can follow to prevent the accidental spread of invasive species. Certification received at completion.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- identification of high-priority terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invasives
- science-based protocols for minimizing spread of invasives
- response protocols if invasive species are detected
Gino Graziano, Invasive Plants Instructor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service
Gino Graziano is an Invasive Plants Instructor with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service where he advises land managers and the public on invasive plant management and identification. He enjoys engaging youth and the public to study the ecology of invasive plants and participate in early detection. He has worked to manage invasive plants and develop strategic plans and policies with the Alaska Association of Conservation Districts and the Alaska Division of Agriculture.
Heather Stewart, Invasive Weeds and Agricultural Pest Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture (DNR)
Heather began invasive plant species work with the Plant Materials Center in 2013 as a field tech for the Canada thistle project. She has since become the Invasive Plant and Agricultural Pest Coordinator for the Division of Agriculture, and most recently the board chair for the Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management. Heather received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton and her Master of Science degree at the University at Buffalo.
Catie Bursch, Marine Educator, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
Catie Bursch is a marine educator at Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Her work involves educating the public and school groups to expand their knowledge of the Kachemak Bay ecosystem. Catie has developed a long-term community monitoring program for invasive European Green Crab in Kachemak Bay, and has developed rapid response protocols in collaboration with the Alaska Marine Invasive Species working group. Catie is co-author and illustrator of the Guide to Some Common Fouling Invertebrates of Alaska with focus on known and potential invasives.
When & Where
Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
The Coastal Training Program (CTP) offers practical, science-based information, tools, and skill training to professionals whose daily decisions impact coastal resources. The program is a national initiative within the National Estuarine Research Reserve system which provides coastal decision-makers with the knowledge and tools needed to address critical resource management issues of concern to local communities.
The KBNERR CTP maintains partnerships with local communities, agencies, and science experts, while collaborating with colleagues nationwide at other National Estuarine Research Reserves. The program consists of workshops, skill training, webinars, and technical assistance. Assessments of community needs, emerging coastal research, and coastal management issues help shape training and workshop priorities.
Contact Syverine Abrahamson- isabrahamson (at) uaa.alaska.edu -for more information